1981 WTA Tour

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1981 WTA Tour
Evert ended the year at number 1 for the fifth time
Evert ended the year at number 1 for the fifth time
Details
Duration 12 January 1981 – 20 December 1981
Edition 11th
Tournaments 47
Categories Grand Slam (4)
WTA championships (3)
Avon Championships (10)
Colgate Series (26)
Non-Tour Events (2)
Achievements (singles)
Most tournament titles Czechoslovakia / United States Martina Navratilova (10)
Most tournament finals Czechoslovakia / United States Martina Navratilova (16)
Prize money leader Czechoslovakia / United States Martina Navratilova ($865,437)
Points leader United States Chris Evert (17.542)
Awards
Player of the year United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
Doubles Team of the year Czechoslovakia / United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
Most improved player of the year United States Barbara Potter
Newcomer of the year United States Kathy Rinaldi
1980
1982

The 1981 Avon Championships World Championship Series was the 10th season since the foundation of the Women's Tennis Association. It commenced on January 4, 1981, and concluded on December 19, 1981 after 36 events. The Avon Championships World Championship Series was the elite tour for professional women's tennis organised by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). The year is divided into two sponsors with the first three months sponsored by Avon Series and the latter part by Toyota Series. It included the four Grand Slam tournaments and a series of other events. ITF tournaments were not part of the tour, although they awarded points for the WTA World Ranking.

Schedule[edit]

The table below shows the 1981 Avon Championships World Championship Series schedule.

Key
Grand Slam tournaments
WTA championships
Avon Championships Circuit
Toyota Series
Non-Tour Events
Team events

January[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
12 Jan Avon Championships of Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Andrea Jaeger
3–6, 6–3, 7–5
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova United States Barbara Potter
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Kate Latham
United States Sandy Collins
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 7–6
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
19 Jan Avon Championships of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–4
West Germany Sylvia Hanika United States Jennifer Russell
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Barbara Potter
United States Pam Shriver
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
1–6, 6–3, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
26 Jan Avon Championships of Chicago
Chicago, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – 56S/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Barbara Potter
United States Anne Smith
United States Pam Shriver
United States Mareen Louie Harper
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–1
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh

February[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 Feb Avon Championships of Detroit
Detroit, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Leslie Allen
6–4, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Pam Shriver
United States Barbara Potter
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Bettina Bunge
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–4, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
Netherlands Betty Stöve
9 Feb Avon Championships of California
Oakland, California, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Andrea Jaeger
6–3, 6–1
United Kingdom Virginia Wade United States Beth Norton
Australia Wendy Turnbull
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
United States Pam Teeguarden
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United Kingdom Virginia Wade
16 Feb Avon Championships of Houston
Houston, Texas, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 16S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
6–4, 6–4
West Germany Bettina Bunge United States Kathy Jordan
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Teeguarden
United States Zina Garrison
United States Jennifer Russell
United States Kate Latham
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
Avon Championships of Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$30,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Susan Leo
7–6, 6–3
United States Kim Sands United States Kim Sands
United States Beth Herr
France Catherine Tanvier
United States Trey Lewis
United States Renée Richards
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
Netherlands Marcella Mesker
Switzerland Christiane Jolissaint
6–3, 6–3
Canada Marjorie Blackwood
Australia Susan Leo
23 Feb Avon Championships of Seattle
Seattle, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
6–2, 6–1
United States Barbara Potter United States Kathy Jordan
West Germany Bettina Bunge
United States Anne Smith
United States Pam Shriver
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–1, 6–4
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura

March[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 Mar Avon Championships of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–0
United States Andrea Jaeger West Germany Sylvia Hanika
West Germany Bettina Bunge
United States Julie Harrington
United States Barbara Potter
West Germany Bettina Bunge
United States Billie Jean King
Australia Susan Leo
United States Kim Sands
6–1, 4–6, 6–1
United States Mareen Louie Harper
United States Marita Redondo
9 Mar Avon Championships of Dallas
Dallas, Texas, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–2, 6–4
United States Pam Shriver Romania Virginia Ruzici
West Germany Bettina Bunge
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
United States Billie Jean King
United States Kathy Jordan
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–5, 6–4
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
15 Mar Avon Championships of Boston
Boston, United States
Avon Championships Circuit
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–4, 6–4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States Kathy Jordan
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Mareen Louie Harper
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
6–7, 6–4, 6–4
United States Jennifer Russell
Romania Virginia Ruzici
23 Mar Avon Championships
New York City, United States
WTA championships
$300,000 – Carpet (i) – 8S/4D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
6–3, 7–6
United States Andrea Jaeger West Germany Bettina Bunge
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–0, 7–6
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
30 Mar Clairol Crown
Carlsbad, California, United States
Non-Tour Events
$200,000 – Clay – 4S/2D
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–4, 6–3
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Pam Shriver
United States Andrea Jaeger

April[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
6 Apr Family Circle Cup
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Toyota Series
$200,000 – Clay – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–3, 6–2
United States Pam Shriver Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States JoAnne Russell
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Casale
United States Joyce Portman
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
7–5, 7–5
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Shriver
13 Apr Wightman Cup
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
Team event
Hard (i)
 United States 7–0
Tracy Austin 7–5, 6–3
Andrea Jaeger 6–0, 6–0
Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–1, 6–3
Tracy Austin 6–3, 6–1
Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–3, 6–0
 Great Britain
Sue Barker
Anne Hobbs
Virginia Wade
Virginia Wade
Sue Barker

Andrea Jaeger / Pam Shriver 6–1, 6–3
Rosemary Casals / Chris Evert-Lloyd 6–3, 6–3
Jo Durie / Anne Hobbs
Glynis Coles / Virginia Wade
20 Apr Murjani WTA Championships
Amelia Island, Florida, United States
Toyota Series
$250,000 – Clay – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–0, 6–0
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova Romania Virginia Ruzici
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Shriver
United States Andrea Jaeger
Argentina Ivanna Madruga
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Paula Smith
6–3, 5–7, 7–6
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States JoAnne Russell
27 Apr United Airlines Tournament of Champions
Orlando, Florida, United States
Toyota Series
$200,000 – Clay – 22S/8D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
7–5, 6–3
United States Andrea Jaeger Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Kathleen Horvath
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 7–6
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull

May[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
4 May Italian Open
Perugia, Italy
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Clay – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–1, 6–2
Romania Virginia Ruzici United States Sandy Collins
United States Joyce Portman
Romania Lucia Romanov
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
Argentina Ivanna Madruga
Netherlands Elly Appel-Vessies
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
7–5, 6–1
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Bridgestone Doubles Championships
Tokyo, Japan
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 8D
Doubles Draw
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
7–5, 6–2
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Rosie Casals / Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Kathy Jordan / United States Anne Smith
United States Mareen Louie Harper/ United States Marita Redondo
Canada Marjorie Blackwood / Australia Susan Leo
United States Laura duPont / United States Barbara Jordan
United States Andrea Jaeger / United States Billie Jean King
11 May Toyota Swiss Open
Lugano, Switzerland
Toyota Series
$100,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–1, 6–1
Romania Virginia Ruzici Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Sandy Collins
Australia Dianne Balestrat
Czechoslovakia Hana Strachoňová
United States Candy Reynolds
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
South Africa Tanya Harford
2–6, 6–1, 6–4
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
18 May German Open
Berlin, Germany
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Clay – 56S/28D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
6–2, 6–1
Argentina Ivanna Madruga United States Sandy Collins
Australia Dianne Fromholtz
United States Tracy Austin
United Kingdom Deborah Jevans
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
South Africa Tanya Harford
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Sue Barker
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
25 May
1 June
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam
$300,000 – Clay – 112S/64Q/48D/32X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
6–2, 6–4
West Germany Sylvia Hanika United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
United States Andrea Jaeger
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Kathy Rinaldi
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
South Africa Tanya Harford
6–1, 6–3
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
United States Andrea Jaeger
United States James Arias
7–6, 6–4
Netherlands Betty Stöve
United States Frederick McNair

June[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
8 Jun Surrey Championships
Surbiton, United Kingdom
Toyota Series
$50,000 – Grass – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–0, 6–4
United States Barbara Hallquist United States Diane Desfor
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
Canada Marjorie Blackwood
United States Laura duPont
United States JoAnne Russell
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
6–1, 6–7, 6–1
United States Billie Jean King
South Africa Ilana Kloss
15 Jun BMW Championships
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Grass – 64S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
6–3, 6–4
United States Andrea Jaeger United States Barbara Potter
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Anne Smith
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Pam Casale
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
Czechoslovakia Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7, 6–2, 6–1
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
22 Jun
29 Jun
Wimbledon Championships
London, United Kingdom
Grand Slam
$300,000 – Grass – 112S/64Q/48D/48X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–2, 6–2
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková United States Pam Shriver
United States Martina Navratilova
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Tracy Austin
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
Netherlands Betty Stöve
South Africa Frew McMillan
4–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–3
United States Tracy Austin
United States John Austin

July[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
13 Jul Austrian Open
Kitzbühel, Austria
Toyota Series
$50,000 – Clay – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
7–5, 7–6
West Germany Sylvia Hanika Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Romania Virginia Ruzici
Brazil Patricia Medrado
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
Sweden Lena Sandin
Canada Marjorie Blackwood
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
West Germany Eva Pfaff
6–4, 6–3
Australia Elizabeth Little
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
27 Jul Wells Fargo Open
San Diego, United States
Toyota Series
$125,000 – HARD- 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
6–2, 5–7, 6–2
United States Pam Shriver United States Kathy Jordan
United States Kate Latham
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
West Germany Bettina Bunge
South Africa Yvonne Vermaak
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Candy Reynolds
6–1, 2–6, 6–4
United States Rosie Casals
United States Pam Shriver

August[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
3 Aug U.S. Clay Court Championships
Indianapolis, United States
Toyota Series
$200,000 – Clay – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Andrea Jaeger
6–1, 6–0
Romania Virginia Ruzici Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Anne Smith
Czechoslovakia Hana Strachoňová
United States Susan Mascarin
United States JoAnne Russell
Romania Virginia Ruzici
6–2, 6–2
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Paula Smith
10 Aug Central Fidelity Banks International
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Mary-Lou Daniels
6–4, 6–1
United Kingdom Sue Barker United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Pam Shriver
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Sandy Collins
United Kingdom Sue Barker
United States Ann Kiyomura
4–6, 7–6, 6–4
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
17 Aug Player's Canadian Open
Toronto, Canada
Toyota Series
$200,000 – Hard – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
6–1, 6–4
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd United States Andrea Jaeger
United States Martina Navratilova
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
South Africa Rosalyn Fairbank
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Pam Shriver
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
7–6, 7–6
United States Candy Reynolds
United States Paula Smith
24 Aug Volvo Tennis Cup
Mahwah, New Jersey, United States
Toyota Series
$100,000 – Hard – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
6–2, 6–2
United States Pam Casale West Germany Bettina Bunge
Czechoslovakia Regina Maršíková
United States Trey Lewis
Romania Virginia Ruzici
United States Wendy White-Prausa
United States Stacy Margolin
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–2, 6–1
United States Candy Reynolds
Netherlands Betty Stöve
31 Aug
7 Sep
US Open
Flushing Meadows, New York, United States
Grand Slam
$400,000 – Hard – 128S/64Q/64D/32X
Singles DrawDoubles DrawMixed Draw
United States Tracy Austin
1–6, 7–6(7–4), 7–6(7–1)
United States Martina Navratilova United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
United States Barbara Potter
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Anne Smith
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Barbara Gerken
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–3, 6–3
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Anne Smith
South Africa Kevin Curren
6–4, 7–6(7–4)
United States JoAnne Russell
United States Steve Denton

September[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 Sepr Toray Sillook Open
Tokyo, Japan
Toyota Series
$100,000 – Carpet (i) – 28S
Singles Draw
United States Ann Kiyomura
6–4, 7–5
West Germany Bettina Bunge Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Kathleen Horvath
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Candy Reynolds
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
United States Leslie Allen
21 Sep Toyota Tennis Classic
Atlanta, GA, United States
Toyota Series
$75,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
4–6, 6–3, 6–3
United States Mary-Lou Daniels United States Laura duPont
United States Susan Mascarin
United States Beth Norton
United States Wendy White-Prausa
United States Rosie Casals
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Laura duPont
United States Betsy Nagelsen
6–4, 7–5
United States Rosie Casals
United States Candy Reynolds
28 Sep US Indoors
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Toyota Series
$125,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Martina Navratilova
6–0, 6–2
United States Tracy Austin United States Candy Reynolds
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Sharon Walsh
United States Julie Harrington
United States Anne Smith
United States Barbara Potter
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 7–6
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull

October[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
5 Oct Florida Federal Open
Tampa, Florida, United States
Toyota Series
$125,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Martina Navratilova
5–7, 6–2, 6–0
West Germany Bettina Bunge West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Mary-Lou Piatek
United States Barbara Hallquist
United States Kathy Rinaldi
Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Sandy Collins
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–4
United States Martina Navratilova
Czechoslovakia Renáta Tomanová
12 Oct Borden Classic
Tokyo, Japan
Toyota Series
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Kathy Rinaldi
6–1, 7–5
United States Julie Harrington United States Pam Casale
Brazil Patricia Medrado
United States Dana Gilbert
United States Barbara Jordan
United States Susan Mascarin
United States Beth Norton
Netherlands Marianne van der Torre
Netherlands Nanette Schutte
6–2, 6–4
Australia Elizabeth Smylie
United States Kim Steinmetz
Maybelline Classic
Deerfield Beach, Florida, United States
Toyota Series
$125,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
United States Andrea Jaeger United States Pam Shriver
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Bobbie Gadusek
United States Anne White
United States Rosie Casals
United States Anne Smith
United States Mary-Lou Daniels
United States Wendy White-Prausa
6–1, 3–6, 7–5
United States Pam Shriver
United States Paula Smith
19 Oct Daihatsu Challenge
Brighton, United Kingdom
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Carpet (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United Kingdom Sue Barker
4–6, 6–1, 6–1
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec United States Barbara Potter
United States Anne Smith
United States Tracy Austin
West Germany Claudia Kohde-Kilsch
United States Pam Shriver
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
United States Barbara Potter
United States Anne Smith
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Pam Shriver
Japan Open
Tokyo, Japan
Toyota Series
$50,000 – Hard – S/D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
West Germany Marie Pinterova
2–6, 6–4, 6–1
United States Pam Casale United States Barbara Potter
Brazil Patricia Medrado
United States Julie Harrington
Italy Barbara Rossi
Netherlands Marianne van der Torre
South Korea Lee Duk Hee
Brazil Patricia Medrado
Brazil Cláudia Monteiro
6–3, 3–6, 6–2
United States Barbara Jordan
United States Roberta McCallum
26 Oct Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, West Germany
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Hard (i) – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
United States Martina Navratilova Romania Virginia Ruzici
West Germany Sylvia Hanika
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States JoAnne Russell
United Kingdom Jo Durie
United States Anne Smith
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Martina Navratilova
6–4, 6–1
United States Barbara Potter
United States Anne Smith

November[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
2 Nov Seiko Classic
Hong Kong
Toyota Series
$50,000 – Hard – 32S/16D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
Australia Wendy Turnbull
6–3, 6–4
Italy Sabina Simmonds Netherlands Marianne van der Torre
Netherlands Marcella Mesker
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Brazil Patricia Medrado
United States Leigh-Anne Thompson
South Korea Lee Duk Hee
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Sharon Walsh
6–3, 6–4
United Kingdom Anne Hobbs
Australia Susan Leo
9 November Federation Cup
Tokyo, Japan
Team event
Clay
 United States
3–0
 Great Britain
  Switzerland
 Australia
 Romania
 West Germany
 Soviet Union
 Netherlands
16 Nov National Panasonic Open
Brisbane, Australia
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Grass – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Pam Shriver
6–1, 7–6
United States Andrea Jaeger Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Ann Kiyomura
United States Leslie Allen
United States Barbara Potter
United States Jane Preyer
United States Anne Smith
United States Barbara Potter
United States Sharon Walsh
6–4, 6–2
United States Betsy Nagelsen
United States Candy Reynolds
Lion's Cup
Tokyo, Japan
Non-Tour Events
$200,000 – Carpet (i) – S
Singles Draw
United States Martina Navratilova
6–3, 6–2
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
23 Nov NSW Building Society Open
Sydney, Australia
Toyota Series
$150,000 – Grass – 56S/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
6–4, 2–6, 6–1
United States Martina Navratilova West Germany Bettina Bunge
Australia Wendy Turnbull
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Anne Smith
United States Andrea Jaeger
United States Barbara Potter
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–7, 6–2, 6–4
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
30 Nov
7 Dec
Toyota Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam
$200,000 – Grass – 64S/32Q/32D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Martina Navratilova
6–7(4–7), 6–5, 7–5
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd Australia Wendy Turnbull
United States Pam Shriver
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Andrea Jaeger
Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley
United States Tracy Austin
United States Kathy Jordan
United States Anne Smith
6–2, 7–5
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver

December[edit]

Week of Tournament Champions Runners-up Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
14 Dec Colgate Series Championships
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
WTA championships
$300,000 – Hard (i) – 12S/6D
Singles DrawDoubles Draw
United States Tracy Austin
2–6, 6–4, 6–2
United States Martina Navratilova United States Pam Shriver
United States Chris Evert-Lloyd
Round Robin
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mima Jaušovec
United States Andrea Jaeger
Czechoslovakia Hana Mandlíková
United States Tracy Austin
United States Martina Navratilova
United States Pam Shriver
6–3, 6–4
United States Rosie Casals
Australia Wendy Turnbull

Rankings[edit]

Below are the 1981 WTA year-end rankings (December 31, 1981) in both singles and doubles competition:

Singles Year-end Ranking[1]
No Player Name Points 1980 Change
1  Chris Evert (USA) 17.542 1 Steady
2  Tracy Austin (USA) 16.486 2 Steady
3  Martina Navratilova (USA) 15.710 3 Steady
4  Andrea Jaeger (USA) 13.107 7 Increase 3
5  Hana Mandlíková (TCH) 11.234 4 Decrease 1
6  Sylvia Hanika (FRG) 9.620 14 Increase 8
7  Pam Shriver (USA) 9.594 9 Increase 2
8  Wendy Turnbull (AUS) 8.262 8 Steady
9  Bettina Bunge (FRG) 7.932 19 Increase 10
10  Barbara Potter (USA) 7.921 25 Increase 15
11  Mima Jaušovec (YUG) 7.823 17 Increase 6
12  Virginia Ruzici (ROU) 7.399 11 Decrease 1
13  Regina Maršíková (TCH) 6.567 18 Increase 5
14  Sue Barker (GBR) 6.405 16 Increase 2
15  Kathy Jordan (USA) 5.957 13 Decrease 2
16  Anne Smith (USA) 5.728 24 Increase 8
17  Mary-Lou Piatek (USA) 5.199 23 Increase 6
18  Sandy Collins (USA) 5.050 36 Increase 18
19  Leslie Allen (USA) 5.034 54 Increase 35
20  Claudia Kohde-Kilsch (FRG) 4.846 78 Increase 58

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